13 West Street (1962)

Mike's Take On the Movies .......... Rediscovering Cinema's Past

In what would prove to be Alan Ladd’s final leading role, this plays as a cross between Blackboard Jungle and the 80’s revenge flick, The Class of 1984 featuring a student gang from hell. Considering Ladd is looking rather frail and weak in voice, I do think the film may have been better served if the two leading actors had switched roles.

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What we do have from Ladd’s own production company is Alan starring as a Government worker staying late at the office as the film opens. Travelling home late at night he finds himself running out of gas and in the wrong place at just the right time. A group of high school students led by Michael Callan happen by aiming to get themselves into trouble. Words are exchanged and Ladd finds himself the victim of a vicious beating sustaining a head injury and a broken leg. Before moving…

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